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Trailer: Sucker Punch

Zack Snyder seems to be one of those directors that you either love or hate. After 300 and Watchmen, Sucker Punch is an all original story co-written and helmed by Snyder. The synopsis:

A hyper-violent spin on Alice in Wonderland for his directorial follow-up to Watchmen with this Cruel and Unusual Films production for Warner Bros. The plot details the action-packed fantasy world of a mental patient (Emily Browning), who escapes from her reality to deal with her abusive stepfather.

I’ll say this, the trailer is visually interesting.

Chicks in mini-skirts: Check.

Full on Samurai warriors: Check.

Apparently takes place on another planet: Check.

Kung fu action: Check.

Flaming dragon: Check!

Dirigible destruction: Check.

Giant Japanese mech with gatling gun for an arm: Dear lord check!

The elements appear to be there but there seems to be something missing. The trailer doesn’t instill a ‘must see’ feeling. Maybe the full trailer will fix that.

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16 Comments on Trailer: Sucker Punch

  1. David K. // July 28, 2010 at 5:38 am //

    Showgirls meets Lord of the Rings. Nice.

  2. Very anime-esque.

  3. Thank you, sir may I have another!


  4. Eh.  I won’t see it in theaters, that’s for sure.  It’s visually interesting, but that’s all it seems to be…lots of action that is very CG-heavy and will, upon closer inspection, look overly fake, but for no good reason.  It’ll likely have a weak plot too, which is said…because Inception has a very strong plot and flashy action…


  5. That… looks like an incredible amount of fun. Hopefully, it’s not a case of the trailer being better than the film. 

  6. TheAdlerian // July 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm //

    I’ve had it with five foot child sized women kicking ass and murdering people. It’s in everything from fantasy movies like this to supposedly serious films like the girl with the dragon tattoo. Unless these women are androids, I’m out.

    Let’s reintroduce the creature called “the male” and cut the communist (which is where this is from) female nonsense out.

    …and yes, the visuals were great.

  7. “I’ve had it with five foot child sized women kicking ass and murdering people.” Why? Because women can’t be heroes or anti-heroes?

    “cut the communist (which is where this is from) female nonsense out.” Women are part of pop culture, and deserve representation too.

    But as far as representation goes…it looks like another movie that fetishizes, pathologizes and sexualizes. Sigh.

  8. Snyder makes movies just so cool posters and beautiful title sequences can be designed.  The rest, all that film/story stuff, is just part of this fascinating creative process.

  9. TheAdlerian // July 29, 2010 at 6:29 am //


    Sure, women can be heroes, but “action heroes”, unless superpowered, is just getting stupid. In the recent Russian spy scandal, I’m sure the women involved in that are seen as heroes in Russia, yet they did not “kick ass” when US authorities arrived. Female heroes should be written to reflect how a female would have to do it, and not be a “male” character that looks like a woman.

    On the other had, men actual do work in special forces, SWAT, as Firemen, etc and CAN perform feats of strengh and so on that women can’t. There really are “Jason Bournes” out there who can kill you with a towel, but I’d bet there’s no five foot female who can. If she’s a sniper or some kind of stealth specialist, then ok I’ll go for it. But anyway, I think it’s a kind of reverse prejudice to make women into heroes doing things they cannot do.

    I’m reminded of these commercials in the 80s. They’d have black athletes, who obviously had a low education level “talk smart” to explain the product, and that was the joke. Look there’s a black dude takin’smart! It’s the same as look that little chick is kicking ass! I leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and these “female” are always written by men, so that makes it worse. I’m sure black writers weren’t writing those commercials I mentioned.


    I saw the girl with the dragon tattoo, and I said to my wife, this was written by a communist. I wikied the author, and of course I was right. In communism women are seen as sex slaves of men, or like prostitutes, who sell themselves to the capitalist or are just traded for money. This inspired a brand of feminism, and that influenced many SF writers. I’ve talked to Michael Moorcock and he was heavily influenced by the ideas.

    In the 90s the trend of female kick ass heroes started as a way to “even the score” but it’s nonsense because it does not honor women to turn them into traditional male characters. If you just take Bob the action hero and make him Joan, it’s an insult. You have to capture the psychology of a female and how that would translate to action. That would be a true female hero.

    I’ve put some thought into as you can see, and would LOVE to have intelligent and dynamic female heroes. But they cannot be punching out rooms full of football players, because they can’t.

  10. Steve Oerkfitz // July 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm //

    Is TheAdlerian Glenn Beck posting under a different name?

    Guess I’ll have to throw away my Alien dvds. God forbid 6ft tall Sigourney Weaver could kick anybodys ass.

  11. Yeah, all I heard was “blah blah raging strawman sexist bingo BS blah blah blah”

    I’ll just let your mansplaining stand as the idiocy it really is.

    Seriously, you conflated real life spies with movie spies, and all women as communist whores. You need a serious reality check.

    I’m also thinking that since you hit racist tropes as well, you must be some sort of troll. And don’t you dare say it was “all a joke” because you won’t see women and PoC laughing. It just makes you look like an utter moron with a paucity of comedy talent.

    And to anyone who would say “why raise to the bait of an internet troll”, well no one should let this load of shyte stand in case someone would take it as justification to behave like a munter in real life. Because there are people like that.

  12. TheAdlerian // July 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm //


    In other words, I wrote a well thought out analysis of the ridiculous trend you aren’t equipped to counter.

    Very good.

    Now, allow me to introduce you to real female heroes:

    Women of Liberia

    Main article: Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace

    A group of Liberian women formed an organization called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace and forced a meeting with President Charles Taylor, extracting a promise from him to attend peace talks in Ghana. A delegation of women organized nonviolence protests and continued to apply pressure on the warring factions during the peace process. They staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace, bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks. Working together, over 3,000 Christian and Muslim women mobilized their efforts, and as a result, the women were able to achieve peace in Liberia after a 14-year civil war and helped bring to power the country’s first female president. The story is told in the 2008 documentary film Pray the Devil Back to Hell.[9] Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first modern, and currently the only elected female head of state in Africa.

  13. You are a jerk

    a) for insinuating I have no right to complain because I’m a woman who doesn’t behave how you think women should behave to fight for women’s rights. Women fight in many ways. I’m doing it here against every day misogyny such as yours, especially against female sf fans.

    b) using sexism and racism as a punchline

    I have already given my analysis of this trend – “another movie that fetishizes, pathologizes and sexualizes.”


  14. TheAdlerian // July 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm //


    You’re basically agreeing with me, and I’m a jerk?

    It’s “sexist” to portray small females doing things they can’t. The deal is that the writer doesn’t like women and needs them to be like men. In the Liberia example, women, instead of grabbing machine guns and butchering people WALKED IN FRONT OF THEM UNARMED. I believe that I have the guts to shot someone, but I’m not sure I’d do what they did.

    Those women used their “female power” to save the day in a country that was becoming a bloodbath. NONE, of the macho men with high body counts saved the nation, the women did. No martial arts needed.

  15. Do not put words in my mouth. I was not agreeing with you at all. I called you a sexist jerk, because by definition sexism is when you say a woman can’t do something a man can do. In this case, be a SF action movie hero by fighting/wielding swords.

    Get back to me when you’ve learned the proper definitions of sexism and misogyny.

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